HIROSHIMA--Mazda Motor Corp. said on July 3 it will double production at its engine plant in Hiroshima to 800,000 units a year in October.
The plant produces the new-generation SkyActiv-D clean diesel engine and SkyActiv-G, a highly efficient, new-generation direct-injection gasoline engine, Mazda said.
The SkyActiv-G engine is currently used in the Mazda Demio for the Japanese market, the Mazda Axela (known overseas as the Mazda3) in North America and Australia, and the Mazda CX-5, which is being sold in markets around the world.
The first model to be equipped with the SkyActiv-D engine is the Mazda CX-5 for the Japanese, European and Australian markets. It will be available in the next-generation Mazda Atenza/Mazda6 to be released later this year.
Models using SkyActiv technology are expected to account for 80 percent of Mazda’s total global sales goal of 1.7 million units in the fiscal year ending March 2016.
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